1949 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 21 February–7 May 1949
Venue Leicester Square Hall
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest break Scotland Walter Donaldson (115)
Champion England Fred Davis
Runner-up Scotland Walter Donaldson
Score 80–65

The 1949 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held at the Leicester Square Hall in London, England.[1]

For the third year running the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis became the second player to defend his first world title after Joe Davis in 1928 by defeating Donaldson 80–65 in the final,[1] although he had taken a winning lead of 73–58 on the previous day. The match was still in the balance with the score at 63–58 before Davis won 10 frames in a row to take the title.[2] Donaldson made the highest break of the tournament with 115 on the last day of his semi-final match against John Pulman.[3][4]


Match Dates Venue, city
Walter Donaldson v Conrad Stanbury 21–26 February 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Sidney Smith v Alec Brown 28 February–5 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Kingsley Kennerley 7–12 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
John Pulman v Albert Brown 14–19 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v John Pulman 28 March–2 April 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Sidney Smith 4–9 April 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 25–30 April, 2–7 May 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London

Main draw[edit]


71 frames
71 frames
145 frames
England Fred Davis 50
England Kingsley Kennerley 21 England Fred Davis 42
England Sidney Smith 41 England Sidney Smith 29
England Alec Brown 30 England Fred Davis 80
Scotland Walter Donaldson 58 Scotland Walter Donaldson 65
Canada Conrad Stanbury 13 Scotland Walter Donaldson 49
England Albert Brown 29 England John Pulman 22
England John Pulman 42


John Barrie withdrew for business reasons, giving Herbert Holt a bye into the final of the qualifying event.[8] Conrad Stanbury beat Herbert Francis 18–17 in his first round match played from 10 to 12 February 1949[9] and then beat Barrie by the same score in a match played from 14 to 16 February. Stanbury then played Holt in the final of the qualifying from 17 to 19 February and recorded his third 18–17 victory, winning the exciting final frame.[10] All three matches were at Leicester Square Hall.

Round 1
Best of 35 frames
Round 2
Best of 35 frames
Round 3
Best of 35 frames
         England  Herbert Holt w/o  
         England  John Barrie w/d  
           England  Herbert Holt 17
Canada  Conrad Stanbury 18       Canada  Conrad Stanbury 18
England  Herbert Francis 17     Canada  Conrad Stanbury 18
         Northern Ireland  Jackie Rea 17    


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  8. ^ "J Barrie". The Times. 15 October 1948. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "C Stanbury". The Times. 14 February 1949. p. 2. 
  10. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 21 February 1949. p. 6.